Man Charged With Kidnap Attempt In Vernon Park

Vernon police say a homeless man faces a variety of charges, including attempted kidnapping after an incident at Talcott Park in the Rockville section earlier this week.

Police say 49-year-old John Harker tried to convince a five-year-old to sit on the swing-set with him,  and when the 15-year-old watching the boy moved to take him away,  police say Harker grabbed the child’s hand.

The boy began to cry,  and another adult in the park yelled at Harker.  The teen ran home with the child and reported the incident to his parents.

Harker is charged with second-degree attempted kidnapping,  risk of injury to a child, threatening,  and breach of peace.

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